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Mysterious 'Prisoner X' found hanged in top secret Israeli jail cell named as Australian Mossad agent


Grumpy Jack

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Mysterious 'Prisoner X' found hanged in top secret Israeli jail cell named as Australian Mossad agent

Interesting story breaking in Australia and Israel.

Australian media are reporting that the mysterious 'Prisoner X' found hanged in an Israeli prison cell in 2010 was an Australian citizen who may have been recruited by Mossad.

Australian suspected of Mossad links dies in Israeli jail | ABC Radio Australia

The ABC has unearthed evidence that suggests Israel's infamous Prisoner X - found hanged in a secretive prison cell in 2010 - was an Australian citizen.

Evidence has been unearthed that strongly suggests Israel's infamous Prisoner X, who was jailed under extraordinary circumstances in 2010, was an Australian national from Melbourne.

Investigations by the ABC's Foreign Correspondent program have revealed Ben Zygier, who used the name Ben Alon in Israel, was found hanged in a high-security cell at a prison near Tel Aviv in late 2010.

His body was flown to Melbourne for burial a week later.

The death goes part of the way to explain the existence in Israel of a so-called Prisoner X, widely speculated in local and international media as an inmate whose presence has been acknowledged by neither the jail system nor the government.

The case is regarded as one of the most sensitive secrets of Israel's intelligence community, with the government going to extraordinary lengths to stifle media coverage and gag attempts by human rights organisations to expose the situation.
The response of the Israeli govt to the reports breaking on the other side of the world and and which has now gone global was an immediate move to censor the story and prevent the Israeli media from reporting it.

From Ha'aretz:

Prime Minister's Office calls emergency meeting with heads of Israeli media outlets - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

The Prime Minister's Office called on Tuesday an emergency meeting of the Israeli Editors Committee, an informal forum comprised of the editors and owners of major Israeli media outlets, to ask its members to cooperate with the government and withhold publication of information pertaining to an incident that is very embarrassing to a certain government agency.

The Editors Committee was established during David Ben-Gurion's premiership, and was intended to provide an informal framework for sharing confidential information with the media off the record.
I wonder if the real story will come out - despite the attempts to censor it?

Was X the Aussie named?

Was he a Mossad agent?

What did he do to Mossad/Israel to end up in top secret detention?

Why did/does Israel want it kept so secret?

And did he hang himself - or was he murdered?
 

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Presumably, given that he was described as an "Australian Mossad Agent", his job was to spy on Australia for Mossad?
Not necessarily. An Aussie could move around the world pretty much unnoticed. Would you suspect an Aussie in Europe or Asia of working for Mossad?

On the other hand, such an operative could be used to recruit an agent in say, Iran, who believed they will be working for the Aussies or maybe Brits and not the Israelis - classic 'false flag' operation.

But we'll probably never know the truth.
 

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The Jewish Express reporting that a gag order was placed on the story and then published the following

"The Case of Prisoner X: He hanged himself in Israeli jail cell in 2010. A gag order was clamped on the story. An Australian media outlet now says he was a Mossad agent who committed a terrible crime."

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/foreign-media-ex-mossad-agent-committed-suicide-in-israeli-prison/2013/02/12/?src=ataglance
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2277511/The-real-Man-Iron-Mask-Israel-s-secret-Prisoner-X-hanged-hi-tech-fortress-prison-Australian-Mossad-agent.html#axzz2Ki9QXm9Z

The Mail posted this a little while ago

The real Man in the Iron Mask: Israel’s top-secret Prisoner X who hanged himself in hi-tech fortress prison was Australian Mossad agent

Strange stuff indeed.
 

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Not necessarily. An Aussie could move around the world pretty much unnoticed. Would you suspect an Aussie in Europe or Asia of working for Mossad?

On the other hand, such an operative could be used to recruit an agent in say, Iran, who believed they will be working for the Aussies or maybe Brits and not the Israelis - classic 'false flag' operation.

But we'll probably never know the truth.
True , Israel have Sayanim all over the world.
 

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True , Israel have Sayanim all over the world.
I wasn't talking about sayanim - they are local members of the jewish community who assist Mossad operatives in their own countries.

I was referring to Israelis born in other countries and who carry real foreign passports who are recruited by Mossad for foreign operations. The last thing anyone would suspect is that they would be Israeli spies.
 

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It's gone global in last couple of hours.

I think it deserves a thread on its own - it's a pretty big story.

Can't understand why anyone would bury it in another, unrelated thread.

But we have this one now so let it all kick off.
Yes indeed it does.

I wasn't trying to bury it though. Just noting that it had appeared here.
 

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Israel has always had secret prisons and prisoners, palestinians and lebanese can be disappeared, tortured and executed without too many questions. This guy is Australian and so a few murmurs may come from the media, but not too much.
No oversight, no red cross visits, no questions, a license to torture and murder for the only democracy in the middle east.

Facility 1391: Israel's secret prison | World news | The Guardian
 

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Israel has always had secret prisons and prisoners, palestinians and lebanese can be disappeared, tortured and executed without too many questions. This guy is Australian and so a few murmurs may come from the media, but not too much.
No oversight, no red cross visits, no questions, a license to torture and murder for the only democracy in the middle east.

Facility 1391: Israel's secret prison | World news | The Guardian
As many countries do. We all know the US has numerous black sites also, and Russia does the same. Likely China has many also.

Chechnya: Secret Prison Victim Recalls His Ordeal
 

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It's an amazing story, the fact that an Australian can be secretly locked up in an Israeli cell, with a Israeli media agreeing to bury the story, even after the man dies in custody is shocking.

Another wake up call that Israel regards International Law as non-binding.

I wonder if the full story will ever properly emerge?
 

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It's an amazing story, the fact that an Australian can be secretly locked up in an Israeli cell, with a Israeli media agreeing to bury the story, even after the man dies in custody is shocking.

Another wake up call that Israel regards International Law as non-binding.

I wonder if the full story will ever properly emerge?
Who chose to work for another countries spy agency, and done military service in Israel.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/13/israel-media-gag-prisoner-x

According to press reports, Prisoner X was a dual citizen
 

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Who chose to work for another countries spy agency, and done military service in Israel.
Ah.. so it's all good then.

I don't get your angle, are you saying there is no story here. Media blackout was probably unnecessary then wasn't it?

Nothing to see here, move along now.
 
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